Forensic study “not proper” to compare Bradman with Sachin Tendulkar, says Australian researcher

John Mangan, a Professor of Economics and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Queensland in Australia disagrees with Indian author, Rudolph Lambert Fernandez, who has claimed in his book that he had ‘forensic evidence’ that Sachin Tendulkar was greater than Don Bradman. Managan says, “the ‘forensic’ approach he describes, as I understand, is : forensic generally means scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime. I’m not sure that talking to relatives constitutes a forensic study.


John Managan

“Comparing great champions from different eras is difficult,” Managan continued. “However, there are some things about Bradman that stand out.”

Here are Managan’s stand out factors:

1. Don Bradman’s average of over 99 in Tests is exceptional.
2. He was playing against established Tests nations with no easy runs against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.
3. Bradman missed his peak years because of the war which took a long period out of his career, but his performances post-war were nearly as good as pre-war.
4. Bradman scored similarly in both first and second innings, whereas Tendulkar has a clear first innings bias.
5. On the other hand, Tendulkar played many more innings and so his average is based on more observations and is statisticall more ‘true’.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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